Project Quality Assurance and Risk Management

Quality Assurance

S.I.P. Approach

At S.I.P. we approach Project Quality Assurance and Risk Management with a view to smoothing the path to successful business outcomes from IT projects. We provide accurate assessments of in flight projects at all key stages of the IT projects. This often means identification and removal of barriers by using quality management and risk management techniques. This often involves asking the hard questions and bringing to the surface the real issues to ensure successful business outcomes from IT projects.

Project Life Cycle

All project Life Cycle reviews are focused on ensuring that the project direction is consistent with agreed scope, that the project is within time and budget parameters, that project governance operates as specified, and that the deliverables conform to the quality standards defined in the Quality Plan. 

Overall, quality outcomes are achieved when the project has the right disciplines in place, to maintain focus on the processes and the detail required to produce defined outcomes. The internal discipline is evident in the project controls put in place to underpin project management, and the following project control reviews are designed to ensure that the project deliverables reach the standard defined in the Project Charter.

Phase - Project Preparation

Quality Review Focus
Deliverables Service
The key issues affecting this phase are the project scope definition outlined in the Charter, ensuring that the business drivers and consequent project plans will produce the desired business outcomes. Other critical success factors for the project include identification of stakeholders, definition of project governance and sign off of the Charter. Project Charter 
Project Quality Plan
Reviews of:
  • Project controls
  • Scope
  • Business Case Methodology
  • Plans and tracking
  • Change Control
  • Change Management
  • Project Governance

Phase - Project Preparation

Quality Review Focus
Deliverables Service
At the end of the Blueprint, the analysis process has confirmed the scope. The review process confirms that the output documents are consistent with the defined scope, altered by duly authorised scope changes. All deliverables are reviewed for compliance, evidence of acceptance and scope consistency (from this point on, scope creep needs to be actively managed). Process maps are reviewed to ensure that the design can be incorporated into required business processes. Business Blueprint 
Business controls 
Testing Strategy 
Training Strategy 
Change Management strategy 
Technical Architecture
Reviews of:
  • Project controls
  • Blueprint documents
  • Scope management
  • Project plans and tracking
  • Business controls design
  • System Landscape
  • Testing Strategy
  • Change Management Strategy
  • Business Process Maps

Phase - Realisation

Quality Review Focus
Deliverables Service
Scope consistency remains a key review factor in this phase, using scope change and issues and risk management to manage scope creep. Checks are made to ensure that testing is based on agreed business scenarios. Conversion and data cleansing reviews ensure that the information system will have a sound information base. The auditors check security provisions as part of overall controls checks. Configured system 
Detailed design documentation 
Support Plans 
Security design documentation 
Conversion and data cleansing strategy
Reviews of:
  • Project controls
  • Testing
  • Training materials
  • Change documentation
  • Technical design
  • Integration and User Acceptance Testing
  • Business controls
  • Volume and Stress Testing
  • Cutover plans
  • Handover preparation
  • Change impact analysis
  • Role profiles
  • Responsibility matrices
  • Conversion testing
  • Data cleansing procedures
  • Data cleansing effectiveness